Logan and I were in Charles’s office within minutes. We weren’t the first ones there. Ethan had arrived before us, or perhaps had never left after the meeting we’d had to discuss Cassandra’s future. Cassandra had joined Charles and Ethan since we’d left.
My first thought on seeing her was that we had been just short of insane to even consider taking Cassandra on as an X-Man. She looked like an inmate in some horror movie about an insane asylum. Her clothes were torn and dirty, her hair all over the place. Scratches on her face and forearms were fresh and bleeding. I might have thought she’d been attacked except that she continued to rip her clothing and rake her nails across her flesh as she sat there, thrashing about and wailing uncontrollably. Ethan was speaking to her in a quiet, soothing voice, trying to get her to stop the self-mutilation, it seemed. It was apparently a futile gesture. It looked as if Cassandra didn’t even know he was there. She continued ripping her skin and clothes, and crying and ranting loudly. Her arms were moving about in strange, almost mechanical, gestures or tics. I could make out a few words – “the kids” and “save them” was said a few times – but her voice was oddly inflected and the phrases were difficult to understand. And most of the sounds coming out of her mouth weren’t speech and didn’t even sound all that human.
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This series begins at http://mofic.livejournal.com/31235.html and is also available here
Summers in a Sea of Glory is a sequel to Returning Spring, which in turn was a sequel to After the Fall.